I have blogged several times about my dislike of cycle lanes and how, in my opinion, they can be downright dangerous for me and other people (as well as children, animals being walked, etc) who (mis-)use them. I am also fed-up with the abuse of motorists when I choose not use them, mainly because of the speed I am riding at. If I hit a child, or even an adult come to that, when cycling at 15mph, we are both going to get badly hurt. Believe you me, I have lost count of the number of times that people have just stepped out in front of me without looking. It’s even worse along Southend sea front where on-street parking runs next to the cycle lane.
Today I came across this little snippet of information which shows that the government (Department for Transport) agrees:
Ride at a sensible speed for the situation and ensure you can stop in time. As a general rule, if you want to cycle quickly, say in excess of 18 mph/30 kph, then you should be riding on the road.
So there you have it. Goodbye cycle lanes!